Tag Archives: Weather

Spring Is Coming*

It’s amazing just how happy a temperature above freezing and the sight of bare pavement can make me. For now, Aomori is experiencing a bit of a warm (i.e., temperatures above 40ºF/6ºC) spell, and I’ve been enjoying it for all it’s worth. This weather feels downright balmy.

It's hard to believe that in six short weeks, these trees will be heavy with cherry blossoms.
It’s hard to believe that in six short weeks, these trees will be heavy with cherry blossoms.

Spring is coming! Continue reading Spring Is Coming*

Winter Wonderland (Or, Depending on Your Point of View, Frozen Hellscape)

I live in a land made of powdered sugar and birthday cake frosting.

My street on Sunday morning
My street on Sunday morning

Winter so far this season hasn’t been all that bad compared to the frozen wasteland that was last year. We’d had a few warmer days that had melted a portion of the snow, and I was naively hoping that the gradual melt towards spring would be uninterrupted and without any major setbacks. Continue reading Winter Wonderland (Or, Depending on Your Point of View, Frozen Hellscape)

Loving Winter in Aomori

For the majority of my life, I have not been a huge fan of winter. Like any American kid, I loved snow days when I was younger, but I’d be content with sledding for an hour or two and then trudging back inside to shed my sodden snowsuit and drown myself in chicken noodle soup and hot chocolate. I’d rather have sat inside at our kitchen’s bay window and looked at the pristine snow outside rather than mucked up its perfection by traipsing through it. As I grew older and had to drive or work in snow, my dislike of the winter weather became more pronounced. Continue reading Loving Winter in Aomori

Something Wintry This Way Comes

It’s amazing how quickly the seasons change here. Only two weeks ago, there was only a crisp autumn chill in the air to accompany the autumn leaves. And while I knew it was coming, I still wasn’t prepared to wake up…to this.

And so it begins.

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